Monthly Archives: January 2008

Boner Spider

The Brazilian boner spider can cause painful boners.

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List of Misconceptions

Napoleon was not especially short, Mussolini did not make the trains run on time, the dark side of the moon is not always dark, the North Magnetic Pole is a south magnetic, etc.

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The sun had set hours ago. The nearest clinic was 80km away over rough roads, and her husband, her only assistant during a half-dozen previous births, was drinking at a cantina. She had no phone and neither did the cantina.

So at midnight, after 12 hours of constant pain, the petite, 40-year-old mother of six sat down on a low wooden bench. She took several gulps from a bottle of rubbing alcohol, grabbed a 15-cm knife and began to cut.

By the light of a single dim bulb, Ramirez sawed through skin, fat and muscle before reaching inside her uterus and pulling out her baby boy. She says she cut his umbilical cord with a pair of scissors, then passed out.

That was March 5, 2000. Today the baby she delivered, Orlando Ruiz Ramirez, is a rambunctious 4-year-old. And Ines Ramirez is recognised internationally as a modern miracle: She is believed to be the only woman known to have performed a successful Caesarean-section on herself.

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Self-Replicating Machine

3D printers create 3D objects, and sometime this year, there will be one that can create a copy of itself.

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